‘Don’t Lie to Me’

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When Bar­bra Streisand started writ­ing lyrics for her new po­lit­i­cal song, “Don’t Lie to Me,” she ini­tially aimed for “very sub­tle” ref­er­ences to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. But she couldn’t help her­self.

“I just went bal­lis­tic,” she said. “Don’t Lie to Me” finds a pas­sion­ate Streisand ques­tion­ing the na­tion’s leader and plead­ing for change. Lyrics in­clude “How do you sleep when the world keeps turn­ing? / All that we built has come un­done / How do you sleep when the world is burn­ing? / Ev­ery­one an­swers to some­one.”

“I just can’t stand what’s go­ing on,” the Os­car, Grammy and Emmy win­ner told the As­so­ci­ated Press. “His as­sault on our democ­racy, our in­sti­tu­tions, our founders – I think we’re in a fight. … We’re in a war for the soul of Amer­ica.”

“Don’t Lie to Me” ap­pears on her new al­bum, “Walls,” her first project of mainly orig­i­nal tracks since 2005. It will be re­leased Nov. 2.

With her new track “Here Comes the Change,” recorded for the forth­com­ing film “On the Ba­sis of Sex” about a young Ruth Bader Gins­burg, Ke­sha is again us­ing her voice to rally for change.

“Mu­sic can be­come a ral­ly­ing cry for pos­i­tive change,” she told USA TO­DAY.

To cel­e­brate the new song, Ke­sha com­piled a playlist to “pay homage to some of my fa­vorite artists ... who have been brave enough to fight for love, equal­ity and change in their mu­sic.”

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“Mu­sic brings peo­ple to­gether,” Ke­sha says.

Bar­bra Streisand

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